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Barker, Kenneth M.

Kenneth Barker was born May 7, 1923 in Petersburg, TN and entered the service on 13 February 1942. After training at Fort Benning, GA, to include Paratroop School, he had specialized training at Fort Meade, MD in Radio Operations. Then Tech4 Barker saw action in Normandy, France. His unit was captured in battle with the 127th Panzer Division on 29 June 1944 and he was a prisoner of war for three months. During this time, Tech4 Barker attempted to escape twice and was shot in the left arm on one of the attempted escapes. Of the 13 men captured, only Tech4 Barker and two other men survived the beatings, forced marches and lack of medical treatment. After bring freed in France, Corporal Barker transferred to the Pacific Theater and served with the 701st Military Police Battalion in China. SGT Barker’s awards during World War II included the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with V Device and three Purple Hearts. SGT Barker separated from the service at Fort Sill OK, and settled in Huntsville, AL.